09-01-2015 – 01-01-1970
New York Book Auction
Outstanding Numismatic Works at the New York Book Auction of Kolbe & Fanning
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will conduct a public auction of important numismatic books on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The auction will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).
The sale features outstanding numismatic works covering ancient, medieval, modern foreign and United States coins and medals. The 2015 sale is especially strong in classic books on post-Renaissance European coins and medals and United States numismatic rarities. Among the many highlights are:
- Perhaps the finest existing deluxe copy of Browning’s 1925 work on early U.S. quarter dollars, one of only 5 bound in full morocco (lot 230).
- The extremely rare and virtually unknown 1682 first issue in book form depicting the Sun King’s collection of ancient coins (lot 156).
- An exceptional volume of 1790s pamphlets by Augustin Dupré regarding his role in French coinage, from the author’s own library (lot 112).
- The monumental 1708 five volume collected Antwerp edition of Goltzius, including the magnificent Icones volume (lot 33).
- An original set of Babelon’s Traité des monnaies grecques et romaines (lot 5), with de Morgan’s continuation of it as well (lot 6).
- A complete, first-edition set of the British Museum Catalogue of Greek Coins in sound, restored original bindings (lot 12).
- A superb, richly gilt, deluxe leatherbound set of the virtually unknown 1881 edition of Loubat’s Medallic History of the United States (lot 281).
- Van Loon’s classic work on Dutch medals, complete and handsomely bound, with the rare continuation (lot 155).
- Henry Hines’s copy of the deluxe leatherbound Newcomb on the cents of 1801-03, with correspondence and other materials laid in, ex Stack Family library (lot 297).
- A fine set of Stack’s catalogues, complete through the late 1990s (lot 311).
- The extremely rare leatherbound deluxe edition of the 1991 Irving Goodman sale of Russian coins (lot 199).
The sale includes many other notable works not mentioned above, including rare books on ancient coins, important publications on medals, and extremely rare photographically illustrated U.S. auction catalogues.
The sale will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Norse Suite on the 18th Floor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on January 10. Lot viewing will be held in the Library Suite on the same floor on Thursday, January 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Friday, January 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on the day of the sale from 9:00 a.m. till noon.
Absentee bids will be accepted via post, phone, email and fax. Live online bidding will be available through Kolbe & Fanning’s online auction portal (managed through iCollector). Bidders planning to participate in the sale online are strongly encouraged to register in advance.